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RECAP & REVIEWS: 10 nights in Buenos Aires, grades

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Some thoughts about eating in Buenos Aires from late Jan to early Feb:

1) Don Julio, B+
Outstanding piece of beef, with french fries. Salad starter. Thought waiter tried to upsell on wine. Great eating on patio. US$90 for 2

2) D'Oro, B
Downtown Italian on Peru, after walk toward Plazo de Mayo & Cosa Rosada. My ravioli with veal was outstanding. Wife's risotto also good. US$70, 2 glasses of wine

3) Oviedo, A
Among the best things I ate in BA was ceviche appetizer at Oviedo. Wife's hake with bacon outstanding. Wife list extensive & better priced than Don Julio. Dessert was chocolate brownie or some such with coconut foam/cream. US$140

4) Casa Mun, B+
The much-talked about puerta cerrada. First 2 courses were out of this world, Asian salad with shrimp and sushi. The remaining 3 were mixed: pork bun very good; binibop with salmon ok, chocolate dessert a disappointment.

5) La Dorita, B-
Late dinner after catching jazz show. Entrana, or skirt steak, enough for 3 people. Originally thot overcooked but was OK. Still good.

6) A Nos Amours, B+
French bistro on Gorriti, south of Ortiz. Best wine for best price, an organic malbec. Beet soup night cold sweet appetizer for warm weather. Wife's beet risotto very good; i had chicken with mustard with best mashed/puree potatoes i have had in a while. US$70 (no dessert)

7) Cumana, A
Straightforward but delicious and cheap Argentinian food. Great humita empanadas, my locro was rib sticking good. US$35 with bottle of wine

8) Helena (cafe in Palermo Soho, on Nicaragua) B
Very good salads we had for light lunch. My smoked salmon, Asian style salad was commendable. US$30

9) El Pobre Luis, A
Best of the 3 parillas we went to. Loved the grilled provolone appetizer. Stuck to the ojo de bife cut which was the best beef eaten in BA, cooked perfectly medium rare, or jugoso. Great wine. Both had desserts & coffee. US$90

10) El Federal, A-
Dinner slightly tarred due to rain storm and we got soaked. But lamp empanadas to start were to die for, as were our fish dishes. Wife had patagonia trout with mushrooms. Outstanding. My fish dish, dorado, had a great citrusy taste. (Wish I remember which region it represented).

11) Les Pizarros Bistro, A- (on Thames)
Reminds of the Montreal bistros , with menu totally on blackboard. Great shrimp with honey & ginger appertizer, Wife said her mushroom & leek risotto was best of the 3 risottos tried during BA stay. My roast rabbit was juicy & delicious. With bottle of wine, no dessert US$70

12) Sette Bacco, A
Octopus carpaccio was fresh, citrus. Wife's warm salad with smoked salad excellent. Capped off by among best raviolis we have eaten (her, venison in malbec sauce; mine, osso bucco in broth). Used bread to soak up all my sauce. Topped with flourless chocolate cake for 2, which was well done. With wine, coffee, US$120

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  1. Thank you so much for this informative report! I'm planning a trip to BA fro March, and your report is going to help me a lot!